The Lotus Assessment Suite, which was opened by Justine Greening MP on 18 November, is an innovative new unit which will help to improve the overall experience of mental health patients in crisis and help reduce the demand on A&E departments locally.
The unit provides a safe and calming environment for those in crisis away from A&E. This will allow mental health staff to undertake in-depth and informed assessments of more complex patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Referrals to the Lotus Assessment Suite will come from Home Treatment Teams, Liaison Psychiatry services working within local acute hospitals and Mental Health Street Triage teams in partnership with the police and ambulance services.
South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is delighted to announce that it will be opening two Crisis Recovery Cafes in partnership with third sector organisations, scheduled to launch in April 2017.
These cafes will provide an accessible and normal café environment in south west London operating in the evenings and weekends where people who feel they are in mental health crisis can attend and receive peer support as an alternative to presenting at Emergency Departments.
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Introduction: Depression and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among primary care patients. Group visits provide a way of delivering interventions to multiple patients at the same time. Group visits for depression and anxiety present an opportunity to expand the reach of behavioral health services for primary care patients. The goal of the current study was to evaluate the implementation of an acceptance and mindfulness-based group for primary care patients with depression and anxiety. To read the full article, log in using your NHS OpenAthens details.
Assertive community treatment (ACT) is one of the few evidence-based practices for adults with severe mental illness. Interest has slowly waned for ACT implementation. Yet ACT remains an appealing services platform to achieve the triple aim of health care reform (improved health outcomes, reduced cost, and improved satisfaction) through integration of primary care and behavioral health services. This review highlights the evidence for ACT to improve general medical outcomes, reduce treatment costs, and increase access to treatment. : Login at top right hand side of page using your SSSFT NHS Athens for full text. SSOTP - You can request a copy of this article by replying to this email. Please ensure you are clear which article you are requesting.
What constitutes good crisis care remains largely unknown, or at least unevidenced. Crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRTs) are ubiquitous, but somewhat nebulous in terms of care provision (the varying names and often poorly differentiated specifications of crisis resolution teams, crisis resolutions and home treatment teams, and home treatment teams give a sense of the issue). In the UK, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has established the Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme—the word “crisis” is strikingly absent. Please contact the library to request a copy of this article - http://bit.ly/1Xyazai
Crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRTs) offer an alternative to hospital admission for patients undergoing mental health crises in the UK. Few studies have been done to examine predictors of relapse and readmission after contact with CRTs. Please contact the library to request a copy of this article - http://bit.ly/1Xyazai
Open access. Aims and method There is currently no trial or other scientific evidence informing the efficacy of any crisis intervention for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). We aimed to assess the patterns of service use by patients with BPD taken on for crisis resolution and home treatment between 2010 and 2013. Patients with a diagnosis of BPD were identified and demographic and clinical data were collected.
Results All patients were female, and a high proportion had recurrent presentations to crisis and home treatment services in Edinburgh. Many appeared to benefit from intensive home treatment, as measured by the Clinical Global Impression scale. A small number of patients (n = 5) were responsible for more than half of all referrals. Polypharmacy, or regular use of multiple medications, was common, with 62% of all patients receiving three or more regular medications.
Clinical implications Crisis and home treatment services can be beneficial to most people with BPD in crisis. The high rate of polypharmacy seen in this study is of concern.
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